Report: President Obama to visit I-495 bridge in Delaware
President Barack Obama will visit the damaged I-495 bridge in Delaware next week as part of an ongoing push to stress the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure, according to a report from The News Journal.
Though the visit is not on Obama’s official White House schedule, members of the president’s team were at the Port of Wilmington Friday making security preparations, the paper reports.
Obama last visited Delaware in 2010, when he appeared at a Wilmington rally to stump for Sen. Chris Coons, then a candidate for the seat.
The president has in recent weeks been urging Congress to pass legislation replenishing the Highway Trust Fund, which could become insolvent by the end of the summer, and touting a four-year, $302 billion transportation funding package.
He's expected to touch on those issues during his visit to the bridge, which was closed suddenly June 2 after Delaware Department of Transportation officials discovered four support columns were tilting.
Though officials initially estimated the bridge, which carries about 90,000 vehicles over the Christiana River each day, would be shut down at least through Labor Day, DelDOT said earlier this week in a statement that repair work was moving ahead of schedule.